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Children’s services’ buildings to get £8m overhaul

Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SCHOOLS, youth centres, children’s homes and children and family centres are among the buildings included in a planned £8 million maintenance programme that could get under way this year.

Leicester’s City Mayor is being asked to approve the programme, which will see works carried out to a range of buildings within the council’s children’s services department.

The biggest element of the works will be the replacement of roofs, boilers, and external windows and doors. It will also include general electrical and building works, maintenance of fire alarms and water hygiene systems, and internal fixtures and finishes work.

The programme has been drawn up following a conditions survey of all of the buildings in the children’s services portfolio. The proposed programme will be reviewed on an annual basis, with priority works carried out in the first year.

The portfolio also includes playing field sports pavilions and adventure playgrounds.

A council spokesman said: “Investment of this kind ensures that buildings function properly and safely. The condition survey will help us to target where work is needed most urgently, and these buildings will be prioritised in the first year of the programme.”

The maintenance programme is in addition to building works being carried out to expand eight secondary schools and increase places in primary schools, but works will be co-ordinated across these buildings to minimise disturbance and reduce costs wherever possible.

A decision on the programme will be taken by the City Mayor next week.